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Under 17s Finals Draw on Tuesday

Belgrade City Hall, Serbia, will host the draw

England are in the hat for tomorrow’s European Under 17 Championship Finals draw.

Belgrade City Hall in Serbia will stage the draw tomrrow at 6pm local time.

England are the favourites for the tournament after last year’s success.

Romania, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and France join them and the hosts in the draw.

The draw will see two groups of four teams. The top three in each group will qualify for the Under 17 World Cup later this year.

Here’s part of a brilliant article from Uefa.com which highlights the key areas of each contender.

The contenders:

Qualified as hosts
Best performance: quarter-finals 2002 (as Yugoslavia), eight-team final tournament 2006 (as Serbia and Montenegro), 2008
Players to watch: Marko Pavlovski (midfielder, OFK Beograd), Lazar Marković (midfielder/forward, FK Partizan), Dejan Meleg (midfielder, FK Vojvodina), Dejan Georgijević (forward, FK Zemun), Miloš Saka (midfielder, FK Partizan)

Czech Republic
Group 1 winners
Best performance: runners-up 2006
Players to watch: Lukáš Stratil (midfielder, FC Baník Ostrava), Robert Hrubý (midfielder, SK Slavia Praha), Luboš Adamec (defender, Juventus)

Group 2 winners
Best performance: runners-up 2005, 2009
Players to watch: Memphis Depay (midfielder, PSV Eindhoven), Anass Achahbar (forward, Feyenoord), Kyle Ebecilio (defender, Arsenal FC)

Group 3 winners
Best performance: quarter-finals 2002, eight-team final tournament 2003
Players to watch: Viktor Fischer (forward, FC Midtjylland), Lucas Andersen (midfielder, Aalborg BK), Frederik Holst (defender, Brøndby IF), Kenneth Zohore (forward, FC København)

Group 4 winners
Best performance: winners 2009
Players to watch: Samed Yesil (forward, Bayer 04 Leverkusen), Emre Can (midfielder, FC Bayern München), Levent Aycicek (midfielder, VfL Wolfsburg)

England (holders)
Group 5 winners
Best performance: winners 2010
Players to watch: Nathaniel Chalobah (defender, Chelsea FC), Hallam Hope (forward, Everton FC), Raheem Sterling (midfielder, Liverpool FC)

Group 6 winners
Best performance: winners 2004
Players to watch: Quentin Beunardeau (goalkeeper, Le Mans FC), Sébastien Haller (forward, AJ Auxerre), Raphaël Calvet (defender, AJ Auxerre), Abdallah Yaisien (forward, Paris Saint-Germain FC)

Group 7 winners
Best performance: first qualification
Players to watch: Bogdan Ţiru (forward, Viitorul Constanţa), Claudiu Bumba (defender, FC Maramures Baia Mare), Darius Buia (midfielder, LPS Banatul Timişoara), Fabian Himcinschi (forward, Unirea Alba Iulia), Laurenţiu Brănescu (goalkeeper, Juventus)

The Youth Radar will bring the draw in full tomorrow.


About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


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